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White River Greenway – Muncie
Note that several White River Greenway trails in Indiana have been blazed along the same river, but in different communities. Others to look up include trails in Noblesville, Carmel , and the White River Wapahani Trail in Indianapolis . Though they share names, there is no plan at the current time to connect these greenways.
The White River Greenway, Muncie, is a paved surface over three miles in length, and can be used by all non-motorized travel modes. Construction on the east and west sides of this trail has been ongoing, in order to connect it up with parks at either end. This work is now mostly completed.
The trail itself is hilly in parts, and it crosses several roads along its course. However, its track along the White River offers many beautiful views, and patient trail-goers can find herons and other waterfowl along the way.
As mentioned, the Greenway traverses or edges several parks in Muncie , including Westside Park , Tuhey Park near the midpoint, and the south end of McCulloch Park . In these sections you can find indoor/outdoor shelters, water, playgrounds, restrooms, picnic facilities, basketball courts, bike racks, and an aquatic center. Park benches offer relief for the weary, and at some points, one can find stairs to overlooks of the river. Be advised there is no automobile parking in Westside Park . Besides these open areas, the trail crosses the campus of Minnetrista Center , which is an educational, arts, historical facility with a children’s garden, nature preserve, and a focus on East Central Indiana life. It was once a site of one of the Ball family estates, of Ball canning jar fame and other manufacturing endeavors.
In addition to these points of interest, The White River Greenway in Muncie crosses the 60-mile Cardinal Greenway Rail Trail just east of McCulloch Park . The city of Muncie has off-trail activities, such as a children’s museum, art museum, National Model Academy and Aviation Museum . Muncie is home to Ball State University , not far off the trail, and restaurants and businesses can also be found near the Greenway.
Just five miles east of Muncie is the Prairie Creek Reservoir. It’s over 1200 acres that the city’s parks and recreation leases. There are camping as well as water- and other sports facilities available.
With respect to the flowing waters that grace these greenway trails, the White River itself is bifurcated. The west fork that runs through Muncie begins east of there, in southern Randolf County , not far from the Ohio state line. The river’s name refers to its original white rock and sand bottom. The two forks, west and east, and their watersheds drain about one-third of Indiana .